Born

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5

Today I have been on earth exactly 38 years. I am filled with a gratitude that no words in the English lexicon can adequately express. 

I only know that Our awesome God chose to grace me with another year of life.

I have no grand plans. Nor a desire for a party, a cake , a multitude of gifts or to celebrate the whole month long. 

I am content in the knowledge that even before I was a thought, God already knew me. I was chosen specifically by the King. 

I am thankful for my mother who chose to have me even though she had just turned 16 a little over a month before I was born. So this day, of course, makes me think of her sacrifice. It reminds me of Romans 8:28. I like to believe that I am the good born from her youthful indiscretions. 

Today I received such an outpouring of love at both home and work-I was quite overwhelmed-in a good way for once. God used most all I encountered today to express His everlasting love for me. 

You Are What You Think

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverbs 23.7

When I was growing up, there was a nutrition campaign aimed toward kids to eat healthy. “You are what you eat, from your head down to your feet” was the slogan. I strongly believe that this same train of thought can be applied to your thinking as well because you ARE what you think. 

I know from experience that it is difficult to control your thoughts. Trying to do so often feels like being on enemy ground. So when I have a negative thought about myself, I counter it by stating the exact opposite. I’m also relying on God to correct my wrong thinking because just like the heart, the mind , too has to be guarded.

We have to shift the focus away from self and instead concentrate on “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” 

It’s extremely powerful to think good thoughts about yourself. This makes you more inclined to think positively of others and situations as well. 

Furthermore, God did not design us to have defeated thoughts about ourselves. This is actually a form of pride. We were made in His image and to think that something is wrong with us, is to think something is wrong with Him. And if He is flawed, then He can’t possibly be trusted to do what He has promised-right? 

Sometimes we have to change the way we think of God in order to “see” ourselves in Him and to view us the way He does. “For His thoughts are not our thoughts.”He holds us in such regard that He sacrificed His only son for us. Yes, you and you and you. Even me.  The Lord does not examine us with the same microscope we use on ourselves, “For His ways are not our ways.”Through his kaleidoscopic lense, he is able to see and create something magnificent with the broken pieces of our lives. 

And you only have to believe.